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Gravesend Borough Market to celebrate 750th anniversary of being chartered

By Ed McConnell

Next month marks the 750th birthday of one of the country's oldest markets.

Gravesend’s Borough Market opened in 1268 when Henry III granted a charter to Robert de la Parrock of Parrock Manor.

From 1199 to 1516 royal grants of markets and fairs were generally recorded in charters, which were in the main written in Latin.

The Borough Market in Gravesend
The Borough Market in Gravesend

Subsequent charters were grant by Edward III in 1366 and in 1568 during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Transferred to the ownership of Gravesend’s Corporation in 1694 the market has continued to change over the centuries with the market building that we have today being built towards the end of the 19th century and formally opened on 18 December 1898.

More recently, the market building underwent major restoration and is re-establishing itself again as a place to buy and sell goods in the heart of the town.

The market’s 750th anniversary coincides with the February school half-term and a programme of activities has been arranged to commemorate this date.

The first Gravesend market build in 1898.
The first Gravesend market build in 1898.

Vintage vehicles will be on show in Market Square on Sunday, February 11, the tradition of pancake flipping will take place on the afternoon of Shrove Tuesday (February 13) and a Medieval theme will be given to activities on Thursday, February 15.

Arts and crafts for families will run throughout the week. For more detail visit www.gravesendboroughmarket.co.uk or www.visitgravesend.co.uk or keep in touch via the Gravesend Borough Market Facebook page or via Twitter.

You are invited to join in two sessions where the history, origins and traditions of the market will be unpacked and to bring and share your own memories of markets of the past on Wednesday, February 14 and Friday, February 16.

A guided tour of the town, including the market will run on Sunday, February 18, at 11am. Prior booking is essential via the Visit Gravesend Visitor Information Point on 01474 337600 (Thursdays to Sundays) or by emailing info@visitgravesend.co.uk

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